Originally Posted by Drusus Nero
looks very good actually!
Only to get larger I suppose? More funding etc.
We screwed up on numerous occasions.....
When we first deployed the Deployable Virtual Training Environment (DVTE), we sent over 8,000 Dell M6300s out to the Battalions in 2006-2008. The computers and the software was completely locked down, the units couldn't add new software that hadn't been through Government Acceptance Testing.
The Simulation Centers ended up taking control of the computers and contractors did the training. It became just as difficult scheduling simulation training as it was scheduling live fire training.
The LtCol called me back in May to see if there was something that could be done to break the cycle. Currently the DVTE consists of Dell M6800, the old 6300s are supposed to be turned in for destruction because they are no longer a program of record. What we did was get the old computers to make the 8 Decision Rooms in the Battalion. They are no longer part of a program so it doesn't matter what is put on them.
We also got the Office of Naval Research (ONR) involved, that is why in addition to the simulations you see drones capturing highly detailed 3D maps of Lejeune and with the holo glasses the Marines can do the estimate of the situation by 'entering' the terrain at ground level.
The good news is that the General's are liking what they see....a Battalion creating a new capability using old out of date equipment. I think they will be unlocking the DVTE in the near future and probably making the DVTE mirror the Decision Rooms.
The great thing about this is that the Marines have 24/7 access to the rooms because they are in the Barracks. They go in there and game each other sometimes over beers at 02:00 in the morning.
The Marine Corps Gazette is going to be running articles on this next month,